A big thank you to everyone who participated in ensuring the success of World Book Day! We were highly pleased to receive so many creative submissions for the bookmark contest and it was hard to choose a winner. Congratulations to Clara from grade 2 and Jacqueline from grade 7 for coming up with the winning bookmark designs. Our school director was astounded at how amazing the bookmarks turned out and enthusiastically claimed the first one.
Grade six students, accompanied by their social studies teachers Ms. Wellon and Mr. Urban, travelled to Amsterdam to explore the “Golden Age” of the Netherlands. The group visited the “Amsterdam Historic Museum” where they had a guided tour on the “Golden Age” of Amsterdam touching on the importance of explorers and ship builders at the time. They also explored the “National Maritime Museum,” set in the old warehouse used to store all of the materials needed for journeys around the world. The students were also able to climb aboard a life size model of the ship “The Amsterdam” and enjoy the special exhibit on whaling during this period.
At the start of Phase II of the Boston Consulting Group Project: Business@School, each team of Grade 10 students chose a small local business to analyse and interview the owners and customers. Their aim was to get an insight of the company. Their final goal was to make a sales pitch of the chosen company to the jury of “potential investors,” comprised of real local business managers.
The Consul General of Japan, Mr. Ryuta Mizuuchi, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Akemi Mizuuchi, visited ISR International School on the Rhine on Monday, 22nd February. The fact that the new Consul General visited ISR shortly after taking office in November underlines the value placed on maintaining contact with our school where the student population comprises almost 10 % of Japanese children. Mr and Mrs Mizuuchi were warmly greeted by children, parents and by the school’s management. The kindergarten children even designed a welcome sign in Japanese and the children from grade 1 sang a Japanese song to welcome the honoured guests.
Last week hosted the annual meeting for the board members of the Kreisheimatbund Neuss e. V. club organizations. Over 50 of the 80 invited guests took advantage of a guided tour before the event in order to gain an insight about the school and its curriculum. Afterwards, Dr. Geerlings, Vice Major of Neuss, Mr. Petrauschke, District Administrator of Rhein-Kreis Neuss, and Mr. Soliman, owner of ISR, greeted the gathered audience.
Mrs. Wacker, our University and Career Counselor, held two open door meetings about Paths to University for our parents yesterday. Mrs. Dahmen spoke about the positive feedback shared by ISR alumni regarding their preparation for university, which is also reflected in the grades they achieve while at university. This informational presentation and discussion emphasised how well prepared our students are for their later studies along with many other benefits that we offer.
Elizabeth Zeller, a representative from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, spoke with our 11 graders on February 17th. Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and offers 9 Faculties: Humanities, Law, Medicine / LUMC, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioural sciences, Archaeology, Governance and Global Affairs . It is ranked 67th in the THE World University Rankings, which places it as the highest ranked Dutch university.